A sense of free­dom

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By KATE LEAVER

NEW tech­nol­ogy will al­low Telethon Type 1 Fam­ily Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive Re­becca John­son to swim the 19.7km Rottnest Chan­nel Swim solo on Satur­day. “A new tech­nol­ogy came out that al­lows me to wear a sen­sor on my arm that I can scan and get my blood sugar level, rather than hav­ing to prick my fin­ger for blood, which has en­abled me to con­tem­plate do­ing it solo,” she said. Ms John­son said she had been train­ing up to six times a week since Au­gust last year.

RE­BECCA John­son will swim the ar­du­ous 19.7km Rottnest Chan­nel Swim solo to demon­strate that “life with type 1 di­a­betes is a life with­out lim­its”.

The Telethon Type 1 Fam­ily Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive said new tech­nol­ogy had en­abled her to mon­i­tor her blood glu­cose lev­els with­out prick­ing her fin­ger, a task that proved dif­fi­cult in the mid­dle of the ocean.

“A new tech­nol­ogy came out that al­lows me to wear a sen­sor on my arm that I can scan and get my blood sugar level rather than hav­ing to prick my fin­ger for blood, which has en­abled me to con­tem­plate do­ing it as a solo,” she said.

“When I’m swim­ming and wet and freez­ing cold, I can’t get blood so I can’t test. I don’t feel I could do it with­out it.”

The Leed­erville res­i­dent said she wanted to drive home the mes­sage that peo­ple with type 1 di­a­betes could do any task they set their minds to.

“The main mes­sage that we have at the fam­ily cen­tre in ev­ery­thing that we do is ‘a life with type 1 is a life with­out lim­its,” she said.

“I think when peo­ple are di­ag­nosed they can re­ally see re­stric­tive fac­tors in front of them, but what­ever you want to as­pire to you can go for those dreams and you can achieve them.”

John­son said she had been train­ing up to six times a week since Au­gust.

“When I was ramp­ing my train­ing up at the be­gin­ning, it took six weeks for me to ad­just my di­a­betes strat­egy so that I didn’t crash ev­ery time I got in the pool,” she said.

“I had to read­just all of my in­sulin doses, I had to change some of my in­sulin types, my diet, a whole di­a­betes man­age­ment over­haul in or­der to at­tempt it.”

With un­der a week un­til the swim, Ms John­son said she felt strong and pre­pared.

“I’ve got an amaz­ing team to sup­port me and it re­ally is a great event,” she said.

John­son is ded­i­cat­ing her long train­ing hours to the Telethon Type 1 Di­a­betes Fam­ily Cen­tre.

To do­nate, visit https://rot­tnestswim2017.ev­ery­day­hero.com/a u/bec

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d465576

Telethon Type 1 Di­a­betes Fam­ily Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive Re­becca John­son will take on the Rottnest Chan­nel Swim.

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‘A life with­out lim­its’... Re­becca John­son.

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